As we say goodbye to spring and welcome summer, we should remember that your landscape’s needs must be adjusted. While you can still use our spring tips in early summer, like reseeding and fertilizing, they may not be as efficient as in spring. Summer brings with it more daylight as well as more heat. While this is great for plants, the lack of rain means you must be more vigilant about small changes in your Long Beach property.
Like every season, your landscape will require different care. Today we’ll go over four summer tips to keep your landscaping looking fresh!
If you haven’t already, apply a mulch layer around your plants and flower beds. While it’s best to apply mulch during the spring, mulch is incredibly important year-round. Summer mulch can help your soil retain moisture, which can be essential for allowing non-native plants and vegetable gardens to survive Southern California’s heat waves. During said heat waves, mulch helps to regulate soil temperature, which can otherwise cook the roots of some plants. There are many different types of mulch. An organic compost or wood chip mulch works best for Long Beach, CA.
As previously stated, summer can be arid and hot in Long Beach. If you’ve installed a native landscape, this shouldn’t be an issue, as these plants are resilient to summer heat. However, other plants, including flowers and vegetables, require you to adjust the watering times and quantities. Programmable and smart irrigation controllers can help to make this job simple. In many cases, you can change the settings on your phone.
For best results, watering should be done in the morning before 9 a.m. allowing your grass and soil to absorb as much water as it needs before evaporating under the summer sun. While Long Beach may not be dealing with a severe water shortage, you should try only to use water when needed. If there is a particularly bad dry spell, you should try to water deeply at least twice a week.
Many plants like to grow during the summer, whether wanted or not. After the spring rains, many unwanted seeds grow wherever they’ve landed. Weeds can grow on many different soils, from healthy and rich to poor and dry. Because they don’t need much water, they regularly outgrow your plants in your landscape. Weeds can be difficult to manage as they can continue to grow if you don’t eliminate them at the root.
While you can buy weed-killing chemicals, the safest way is to remove them by hand. Best to do this before the sun is out in full force. Do your best to remove the weed altogether, roots and all. Try to relax when removing weeds. Some people find that weeding can calm their minds and enjoy the process. Naturally, this doesn’t occur to everyone. Try to eliminate the weeds before they flower or go to seed. A single plant can spread its seed through your entire landscape if left alone.
Similarly to weeds, many insects and pests are active in the summer. Like weeds, eliminating the pests early on is critical to ensuring they don’t damage your landscape plants or flowers. In southern California, some of the most common problems that can damage your yard
While ants can benefit your landscape by aerating the soil and helping decompose waste, some ant species can be problematic. Carpenter ants make nests in decaying wood which can damage outdoor furniture, decks, and even your home. When any species of ant enters your home, you have to worry about them swarming around anything they can eat. Beetles and aphids can do a number on vegetable gardens. And if not taken care of can soon destroy the plants you’re growing. Mice and rats like to eat whatever they can find, and if you have a healthy garden, they can see it as a buffet. Wasps and mosquitoes don’t necessarily damage the landscape but can be incredibly irritating during outdoor gatherings.
You can take many precautions to minimize the number of pests you have to deal with, such as laying traps, using chemicals, and making it difficult for pests to breed. However, sometimes you may need professional help.
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